Visiting London Law Professor Matthew Dyson publishes new book, "Explaining Tort and Crime"


Author: Denise Wager

Matthew Dyson

Matthew Dyson, visiting professor and senior fellow of the Notre Dame London Law Programme, has authored a new book,” Explaining Tort and Crime–Legal Development Across Laws and Legal Systems, 1850–2020,” published by Cambridge Press.

The book traces almost 200 years of history and explains the development of tort law and criminal law in England compared with other legal systems. Referencing legal systems from around the globe, Dyson uses comparative and historical methods to identify patterns of legal development, to investigate the English law of fault doctrine across tort and crime, and to chart and explain three procedural interfaces: criminal powers to compensate, timing rules to control parallel actions, and convictions as evidence in later civil cases.

He draws on decades of research to offer an analysis of the field, examining patterns of legal development, visible as motifs in the law of many legal systems.

Dyson joined the Notre Dame London Law Programme as a visiting professor in January 2021.  He teaches Comparative Law. He is Professor of Civil and Criminal Law in the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, and a Tutorial Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Dyson researches and teaches criminal law and tort law, drawing particularly on historical and comparative materials from around the world. He has published widely in criminal law, tort law, comparative law and legal history. 

More information about the book can be found on the Cambridge Press website here. The code DYSON2022 can be used on the Cambridge site to order the book at a discount for a limited time.